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Henry John FELDHANS

Male 1923 - 1945  (21 years)


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  • Name Henry John FELDHANS 
    Born 08 Dec 1923  Copper Cliff, District of Sudbury, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 05 Mar 1945  Germany, WWII Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I27  Fox, O'Leary
    Last Modified 5 May 2015 

    Father Henry 'Harry' William FELDHANS,   b. 02 Aug 1883, Chalk River, Pembrooke Twp., Renfrew Co.Ontario. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1960, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Bridget Elizabeth Julia FOX,   b. 06 Sep 1885, Mara Twp. Ontario Co. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Apr 1959, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 15 Sep 1913  St Columbkilles, Uptergrove, Mara Twp. Ontario County, Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Family ID F16  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Casualty of War-- www.coppercliffnotes.com

      Henry John Feldhans, son of Henry William and Elizabeth, was killed in World War II. Henry was an Engineering Student at the University of Toronto when he enlisted. He was awarded an Air Navigator?s Badge and commissioned (Pilot Officer) February 11, 1944; and subsequently promoted to Flying Officer August 11, 1944. Henry joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as Navigator. Henry planned to return to university after the war for Mining Engineering. An RACF Training Report indicated Henry was ?one of best on course?. He flew 5 sorties and had 40 operational hours over enemy territory .

      Henry was part of the 431 Squadron and was on a Lancaster Bomber# KB858. Targets at Chemnitz, Germany included factories producing military goods, an oil refinery was also situated in the area. The bombing left most of the city in ruins but not without cost to the allied bombers. Nine aircraft were lost shortly after take off due to very icy conditions and a further twenty-two aircraft were lost on the raid itself. Henry's Lancaster was reported missing, he died on March 5, 1945.

      From the Sudbury Star November 20, 1945 ?Cliff Airman Now Presumed to Have Died - Failing to return to his operational base in England following a raid over Chimitz, Germany, on March 5 of this year, Flight Officer John H. Feldhans, son of Dr. and Mrs. H. W. Feldhans, of 10 Park Street Copper Cliff, is now presumed to have been killed in action. This word was received by the flier?s parents from air force headquarters on Monday. The 21-year-old Copper Cliff resident had been serving as a navigator with a Canadian Lancaster bomber squadron, and had made a number of operational flights before being listed as missing in action. Besides his parents, the flier is survived by a twin sister, Mary, at present attending the Faculty of Education, Toronto; and two other sisters, Mrs. Ned Leore at present making her home in Sudbury, and Agnes, of Washington, D. C.?

      From the Sudbury Star February 24, 1947 ?Flight Officer John Feldhans Given Posthumous Air Award - Reported missing over Germany in March, 1945, while completing his first operational tour, Flying Officer John H. Feldhans, of Copper Cliff, has been posthumously awarded the gold operational wings of the RCAF. The decoration and parchment have been forwarded to the 21-year-old navigator?s parents, Dr. and Mrs. H. W. Feldhans, 10 Park Street East, Copper Cliff, by the Chief to the Air Staff, Ottawa, in recognition of their son?s gallant service. A graduate of Copper Cliff High School where he won fame as an athlete, Flying Officer Feldhans was completing his second year in mining engineering at the University of Toronto when he enlisted in May, 1943. During his university course, he was a member of the Varsity track team. He worked for the International Nickel Company at Copper Cliff during vacations. Sacrificing his college course for service with the RCAF he underwent basic training at Manning Depot, Toronto. The remainder of his training was completed at No. # Initial Training School, Victoriaville, Que., and No. 9 Air Observer School, St. John?s Que. He graduated with his commission in February, 1944, and served as a pilot officer at Maitland, N. S. until he went overseas in April, 1944. After finishing overseas operational training, Flying Officer Feldhans began his tour with the RCAF Iroquois Squadron flying Lancaster bombers. He was presumed dead after being reported missing for several months."

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] Archives of Ont. --Deaths.
      Name: Henry John Feldhans
      Event Type: Death
      Event Date: 05 Mar 1945
      Event Place: Germany
      Gender: Male
      Age: 21
      Birth Date:
      Birthplace:
      Birth Year (Estimated): 1924
      Burial Date:
      Burial Place:
      Father's Name: Henry W. Feldhans
      Mother's Name: Elizabeth Fox
      Spouse's Name:
      Reference ID: 702924
      GS Film number: 1870466
      Digital Folder Number: 4171322
      Image Number: 1168

      Citing this Record:
      "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDX9-C87 : accessed 14 December 2014), Henry John Feldhans, 05 Mar 1945; citing Germany, 702924, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,870,466.

    2. [S26] Find A Grave, memorial # 18584254.

    3. [S7] archives of Ont. --marriages.
      Name: Henry William Feldhans
      Event Type: Marriage
      Event Date: 09 Sep 1913
      Event Place: Copper Cliff, Ontario, Ontario, Canada
      Age:
      Birth Year (Estimated):
      Father's Name:
      Mother's Name:
      Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Julia Fox
      Spouse's Age:
      Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated):
      Spouse's Father's Name:
      Spouse's Mother's Name:
      Page: 80696
      GS Film Number: 001976228
      Digital Folder Number: 004705165
      Image Number: 00181

      Citing this Record:
      "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/27Z5-5ZL : accessed 14 December 2014), Henry William Feldhans and Elizabeth Julia Fox, 09 Sep 1913; citing registration 80696, Copper Cliff, Ontario, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,976,228.

    4. [S7] archives of Ont. --marriages.
      Name: Henry William Feldhans
      Event Type: Marriage
      Event Date: 15 Sep 1913
      Event Place: Uptergrove, Ontario, Ontario, Canada
      Age: 30
      Birth Year (Estimated): 1883
      Father's Name: Henry Feldhans
      Mother's Name: Johanna Kothman
      Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Julia Fox
      Spouse's Age: 28
      Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1885
      Spouse's Father's Name: John Fox
      Spouse's Mother's Name: Elizabeth Coleman
      Page: 011370
      GS Film Number: 001976228
      Digital Folder Number: 004705165
      Image Number: 00182

      Citing this Record:
      "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/27Z5-5ZP : accessed 14 December 2014), Henry William Feldhans and Elizabeth Julia Fox, 15 Sep 1913; citing registration 011370, Uptergrove, Ontario, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,976,228.


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